Chocolate! I did it!
Aww here, I adapted a gluten free recipe and created my own lower carb, no refined sugar or flour chocolate cupcake AND piping icing! They were so choclatey and not too sweet, a wonderful treat for chocolate lovers who are trying to eat healthier.
No refined flour or sugar chocolate cupcakes:
I use organic products whenever available
(recipe adapted from Elana's Pantry)
1/4 c coconut flour
1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 t sea salt
1/4 t baking soda
4 large eggs
1/4 C + 1 tsp grapeseed oil
1/2 C agave nectar
1 t pure vanilla extract
(you can throw in a handful of semi sweet chocolate chips or nuts if you like)
beat eggs and syrup in mixing bowl, combine dry and add slowly to mixture. Bake 350 for about 15 min depending on size of muffin wrappers, I chose small for 12 min. For larger, try 15-18 min.
No refined sugar Chocolate Piping Frosting
(I adapted from Organic Valley Dry Milk recipe)
1/2 C Organic non fat Dry Milk (sifted)
1/2 C organic unsweetened cocoa powder (sifted)
1 stick organic butter or equivalent Coconut oil (coconut oil tasted better to me!)
1/4 C agave nectar
1 t vanilla extract
1 t water
Cream room temperature butter in mixing bowl, add agave syrup, combine until smooth and creamy. Sift dry milk and cocoa together, slowly add half to mix as you continue to beat. Add extract and water. Add last half of dry mix and beat until smooth.
(I have also made this recipe with dry soy milk as a substitute, honey or pure maple syrup instead of the brown rice syrup and also have used coconut oil instead of butter. The honey and maple syrup go well with a spice cupcake like pumpkin or apple. If you use coconut oil, you will need to chill frosting in fridge for 15 min before piping to stiffen frosting.)
See new VEGAN "buttercream" frosting recipe HERE
Here I demonstrated spreading the frosting for a different look. If you want to add an amazing punch of flavor to your cupcake, these flavored sugar sprinkles are packed with amazing flavor and really only add a negligible amount of refined sugar for the amazing flavor it packs. This series I found at a cooking specialty store had mocha, praline, cappuccino and butter rum along with the raspberry shown. One little shake of this on top of the frosting gives the illusion of a real "sweet frosting"!